Blind Low Vision NZ has been proudly helping people who are blind, deafblind and have low vision for more than 130 years. Your gift will help us continue this work for many more years to come.

Older couple, man and woman, smiling for the camera.
“My wife Jennifer and I decided to leave gifts to Blind Low Vision NZ in our Wills, for both emotional and practical reasons. We’re glad that our money can be used to make somebody more independent.” – Charles

Blind Low Vision NZ respects the fact that the content of your Will is a very personal decision, and not one to be made without considerable reflection.

However, if you are looking for guidance, please remember that it is important to us that you look after your friends and family first. Once they have been taken care of, if you could consider a small percentage, such as 5% or 10%, it would make a huge difference. This type of gift won’t lose its value over time.

Any gift to Blind Low Vision NZ – no matter how big or small – goes a long way to unlocking a future of possibility for people who are deafblind or have low vision.

Your gift will help to fund guide dogs, vision rehabilitation, our accessible library and the ever-changing technologies and services that make it possible for New Zealanders with sight loss to live their lives to the fullest.

It could help us reach a time when no adult or child in this country will have to struggle because they are born blind or lose their sight.

How to leave a gift

Before you make or update your Will, we encourage you to talk to your loved ones about your decision first. If you choose to leave a gift in your Will to Blind Low Vision NZ, you should see a solicitor to manage the paperwork on your behalf. They can advise you on how to leave a gift in your Will while still making sure your family and loved ones are taken care of.

Types of gifts you can leave in your Will

We encourage you to talk to your solicitor or trustee company about the different types of gifts you can leave as a gift in your Will to Blind Low Vision NZ. They can help you choose the gift that best reflects your wishes – there are three main types to consider:

  • Percentage gift: Leaving a gift as a percentage rather than a fixed amount will ensure that inflation doesn’t erode the value of your gift over your lifetime. It can also be used if you wish to divide your estate among a number of people or organisations. 5% could make a real and significant difference to our work.
  • Residual gift: This gift is the remainder of your estate (or percentage thereof) after your loved ones have been provided for and expenses have been deducted.
  • Pecuniary gift: This gift is a specific amount such as $5,000.
A woman standing with her guide dog, smiling for the camera.
“I decided to leave a gift in my Will to Blind Low Vision NZ because of the amazing independence they give to people who have lost their vision.” – Petronella, seen here with her Guide Dog, Henry

Wording your gift

If you are kind enough to include a gift to Blind Low Vision NZ in your Will, please make sure you include the correct wording, below. If you already have a Will, you can update this by way of a codicil, using the same wording.

“I give and bequeath to the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind CC21361, the sum of $xx, (or) xx% of my estate, (or) the residue of my estate free of all charges, to be used where most needed, and the official receipt of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind will be sufficient acknowledgement of having received this gift.”

If you would like the bequest to be designated to a specific area or cause please note this in place of “to be used where most needed” above.

Tap or click for your guide to making a gift in your Will: Our Vision, Your Legacy (PDF file).

We are very grateful when people make the thoughtful decision to include a gift to Blind Low Vision NZ in their will. Over the years, these contributions, large and small, have contributed significantly to our work. A gift in your will help ensure everyone gets the services and support they need to live independently and achieve their life goals. It is one way of making a positive difference beyond your lifetime.

Let us know so we can thank you

We understand that making a will is a very personal matter. However, if you do intend leaving a gift in your will to Blind Low Vision NZ, communicate your wishes to your loved ones and please consider telling us about your gift. Letting us know does not alter your right to change or update your wishes if circumstances change but it does help us plan for the future.

Do you have a question about bequests?

We are here to speak with you confidentially and answer any questions you may have. For information regarding wording or making a gift in your will please contact:

Joanne Eve, Relationships Manager Legacies at Blind Low Vision NZ.

Joanne Eve
Relationships Manager Legacies
P: 09 355 6567 ext: 6888
M: 022 0159 216
E: legacies@blindlowvision.org.nz

 

For lawyers or to notify us of a bequest please contact:

Tony Robson, Legacy Administration Manager at Blind Low Vision NZTony Robson
Legacy Administration Manager
Toll free number 0800 787 743
E: trobson@blindlowvision.org.nz

 

 

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is also known as Blind Low Vision NZ

Blind Low Vision NZ guide dogs is a service division of Blind Low Vision NZ

Blind Low Vision NZ Registered Charity Number CC21361